Just like how every baker needs bakeware and every artisan needs tools, every home barista needs certain accessories to pull that perfect cup of espresso in a smooth, mess-free and stress-free workflow.
Whether you’re a budding barista or a coffee enthusiast learning to brew your own cafe-quality espresso at home, here are eight coffee tools that we recommend getting to help you understand the techniques of coffee-making and perfect your skills.
1. Burr Grinder
A burr grinder crushes beans between a moving grinder wheel and a stationary plate. The wheel typically has serrated edges while the plate has jagged edges—both work together to give you a consistent and uniform sized ground coffee.
In contrast, a blade grinder looks more like a blender. While they’re cheaper, the grind size is typically not consistent. A coffee connoisseur may be able to spot the inconsistent flavour in your espresso from the different tastes produced by finely and coarsely ground coffee.
The De’Longhi Burr Grinder lets you enjoy precise control of your brewing process when you get to choose from 16 grind settings. It comes with a user-friendly soft-touch interface, making grinding almost effortless.
2. Kitchen Weighing Scale
If you don’t already have a kitchen weighing scale, picking up coffee brewing is a great time to get one.
Measuring your beans by volume is not as precise as measuring their weight. Inaccurate measurements can affect the extraction process, resulting in either under or over-extracted coffee.
When shopping for a scale, try to get one that’s completely flat as this would make it easier for it to be wiped clean. It’s not a dealbreaker feature, but certainly good to have. A digital scale with the tare function will also make it easier for you to measure your coffee in your portafilter.
3. Metal Tamper
A quality metal tamper feels tactile in your hand, making coffee brewing a more delightful sensory experience. A good tamper also helps you avoid channelling in your puck, which leads to the under extraction of your coffee beans. Under extraction produces weak tasting coffee, which may not be your desired outcome.
Your machine may come with a tamper, but it won’t perform as well as a metal one if it’s made of plastic. A professional barista coffee tamper is relatively inexpensive and is worth the investment.
Enjoy silky-smooth espresso extraction with the De’Longhi Professional Barista Coffee Tamper.
4. Tamping Mat
Achieve a flat and level coffee puck while protecting your beautiful countertop by tamping on your portafilter over a special tamping mat. These are usually inexpensive and easy to clean.
You can get a flat tamping mat if you prefer to tamp entirely on a table surface or a corner tamping mat with an indentation for your portafilter if you’d rather that instead.
While you could make do with a kitchen towel, a tamping mat makes sense if you’ll be brewing many cups of coffee at home.
5. Frothing Pitcher
Thinking of experimenting with latte art? Then you’ll need a good frothing pitcher with a narrow spout that lets you control your pour. A good frothing jug can help you create a smooth, silky milk foam and creamy thick foam for a decadent cappuccino, cafe latte or latte macchiato.
Consider the De’Longhi Stainless Steel Milk Frothing Jugs, which are ergonomically designed for a comfortable grip. You can also use it to serve cold milk with style.
6. Knock Box
If you’ve tried emptying used coffee grounds from your puck, you’ll know how tricky and cumbersome it can be. It can also get messy without the right tool.
A knock box improves your workflow, keeps your fingers safe and makes coffee disposal less noisy. They’re also helpful in collecting used coffee grounds for you to compost or repurpose around your house.
De’Longhi offers easy to clean, stainless steel knock boxes that come in two sizes, 105mm and 128mm.
7. Descaling Solution
Your machine’s performance is crucial when you’re a home barista. Keep your coffee machine running well by performing regular descaling as and when needed.
Always have on hand some descaling solution so that you’re prepared for when your machine reminds you to run a descaling cycle or when you suspect that leftover oils from coffee grounds are making your coffee turn slightly sour or rancid.
For De’Longhi machines, we recommend using the De’Longhi EcoDecalk Coffee Machine Descaler. We don’t recommend using vinegar to clean your machine as vinegar can be corrosive. Moreover, the vinegar smell and taste will linger if not rinsed off properly.
8. Espresso Cups
After you’ve put in the labour of love into your coffee, use the right cup to enhance your espresso experience. While the sleek aesthetics is undoubtedly a plus, it’s the shape and insulation of espresso cups that add satisfaction to drinking artisan coffee brewed by you.
The De’Longhi Espresso Double Wall Thermal Glasses are made of borosilicate glass which is lead and BPA-free. The insulation design helps to keep your coffee warm while preventing your hands from getting scalded when you hold the cups. Hand-blown by glass artisans, these espresso cups are made of the finest quality, crafted for home baristas just like you.
Coffee Tools For Home Baristas
Learning the art and science of coffee making is a journey, and having the right tools and machines will help you find your preferred taste, style and preference. To complement your journey towards becoming a better home barista, sign up for De’Longhi rewards to get exclusive invites to coffee events and get a complimentary De’Longhi recipe ebook sent straight to your inbox!
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